verb (used with object)

to blunt; dull; deaden.

Origin of obtund

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere to strike
Related formsob·tund·ent, adjectiveob·tun·di·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for obtunded

Historical Examples of obtunded

  • Madeira did not seem to be unconscious, but his senses were obtunded, and it was some minutes before he could sit up.

  • But one phase of it seemed to reach his obtunded consciousness, for this made a direct inroad upon his bank account.

British Dictionary definitions for obtunded



(tr) rare to deaden or dull
Derived Formsobtundent, adjective, noun

Word Origin for obtund

C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
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Word Origin and History for obtunded



c.1400, (transitive) "to render dead, make dull," used occasionally in English, especially in medical jargon; from Latin obtundere "to blunt, make dull, weaken, exhaust," literally "to beat against" (see obtuse). Related: Obtundation; obtunded.

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obtunded in Medicine




To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.
Related formsob•tundent adj.
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